I am one of those terrible creatures –  the non-linear writer. I write my scenes all over the place, and usually have no idea where I am going. This often used to bite me on the bum. When I mainly wrote short fiction this was less of a problem. Novels require a lot more discipline…

OPEN that front cover and I’ll throw you a line that raises your eyebrows, makes you laugh, or has you frowning in dismay, and then I’ll walk away. If that line’s good enough, when I glance back over my shoulder, you’ll be following. I’ll wink at you and saunter on. Readers love to be seduced, and…

What made you decide to become a documentary filmmaker? Happenstance. I was for 20+ years a Producer/Project Officer with Education Queensland involved in the development and production of multimedia teaching and learning resource materials. From the mid to late 90’s the media unit was slowly downsized. I resigned in 2000, but was contracted back for…

NOW is a great time to be writing for teens. Young Adult fiction is kicking it in the market place, leaping gleefully over doomsayers predicting the death of the novel, and running roughshod over adult book sales in a riot of flatforms, connies and Docs. The YA juggernaut, propelled by John Green’s The Fault in Our…

THE metal rattrap was large and sat on the cornice like an ornament. ‘What’s that for?’ I asked the Indian porter. ‘Rats,’ he said, putting down my bag. I was staying in a temple town in Tamil Nadu, India. Inside my lacklustre room the smell of mothballs wafted from the drains. As I left for dinner…

I don’t usually find sex-writing hard. It is something that I am quite comfortable with. I read so much classic pornography that the language of sex comes naturally to me. It is for this reason that I blundered head-long into an orgy and found myself out of my depth. My new book The Adventures of…

STEAMPUNK world-builders should follow the three basic principles of all fantasy world-building. Discard your world after you’ve built it. Yes, you have to know how everything works, every detail of its geography and history, but then you should push it all to the back of your mind and wait to see what the story actually…

Writing what you know – fusing fiction and fact. THE term ‘write what you know’ means having a thorough understanding of your themes, your environment, and your characters. Without it your work may lack the author authenticity readers (and publishers) demand. The deeper your understanding, knowledge and/or experiences relate to your theme, the more formed and…

IN 2013 I began writing poetry with the goal of being published. This same year saw poetry plagiarism scandals break in Australia and the UK. Much was said of the issue of plagiarism and plagiarists but not too much emerged on how to combat the issue, nor on how to advise neophyte poets on avoiding…

JSD ‘Stan’ Mellick has provided a compelling A to Y of Queensland locations that have inspired poets, playwrights and writers since separation from New South Wales in 1859. The work of about 530 writers, up till 2009, is covered. Writers’ Footprints: A Queensland Literary Companion (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2010) points ‘to the many places in…

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